Stalk-Eyed Flies… It Gets Longer!

20 May 2012
Stalk-Eyed Flies (Diopsidae) have eyes on long stalks. Self-explanatory name isn’t it? But how long do they actually get? The length of the eye stalks are actually a measure of sexual attractiveness as females may prefer mates with an exaggerated eye-span. Just how long do these stalks get?

I have an earlier post about Stalk-Eyed Flies here, including some videos: The Story Behind Stalk Eyed Flies
Stalk-Eyed Fly (Diopsidae) - DSC_8242#1 Relatively long, but not as long. This Stalk-Eyed Fly was quite easily spooked and kept walking around

Stalk-Eyed Fly (Diopsidae) - DSC_8242#2 做人要看开一点, ok?

Hammerhead Fly (Richardiidae) - DSC_5321#3 A different species, with closer resemblance to a form of hammerhead flies

Stalk-Eyed Fly (Diopsidae) - DSC_8249#4 Father of all Stalk-Eyed Flies, with an eye-span beyond the length of the fly itself! Wonder how many mates he’d get?

Some simple shots from the rest of the day…

Water Strider (Gerridae) - DSC_8189#5 A pond-skater with prey

Water Strider (Gerridae) - DSC_8199#6 Simple pond-skater shot

Water Strider (Gerridae) - DSC_8205#7 There were many of them, but not easy to get low enough to capture them, especially with a long lens

Dragonfly (Odonata) - DSC_8215#8 This dragonfly was eating a bee just before I took this shot. Remnants of the leg still remains.

Whip Spider? (Ariamnes flagellum) - DSC_8266#9 A Whip Spider (Ariamnes flagellum) guarding her egg-sac

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8281#10 Spent the rest of the time shooting this little fly, while waiting for the rain to stop

Shooting in the Rain - nicky_rain_IMG_20120520_WA0010#11 Here’s what I meant by shooting in the rain. lol. Picture taken by Victor while he was resting on his chair

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8292#12 Some said that this is a hover fly. I’m not too sure yet?

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8311#13 The sun came out (but still raining) and formed a nice green background for me

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8308#14 The shade I provided seemed to attract more of them!

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8314#15 And MORE!

Hoverfly (Graptomyza sp.) - DSC_8313#16 They decided to show me their asses all at once

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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